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Butterfly Weed Seeds

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Packet ASTP
Price: $3.95
1/4 Pound ASTQP
Price: $79.95

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Quick Overview

The famous orange milkweed species native from Canada to Florida. Needs fast-draining soil and full sun. Perennial
Orange Butterfly Weed Seeds, Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed
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Details
SKU ASTG
Common Name Butterfly Weed
Botanical Name Asclepias tuberosa
Plant Type Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height Up to 36 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 68,800
Seeds Per Packet 100
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To Eastern and Southern United States
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Native
Is It Storable? Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada Yes
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Description
One of our great North American native flowers with rich Indian and medicinal history. The brilliant orange blooms light up meadows dramatically, and of course, visits by butterflies are a bonus. This wildflower, also prized as a garden perennial, is not easy to grow, but once established, is a tough, dependable colormaker.
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Pros

  • Low maintenance (4)
  • Vivid colors (4)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Large areas (4)
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1.0

Seeds did not come up!!

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from Becker, Mn

About Me Avid Gardener

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        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Seeds:

        Seeds did not come up!?

         
        4.0

        "I would buy this product again

        By 

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Containers

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Seeds:

          Very easy to grow. Beautiful color.

           
          1.0

          They never flowered. pr

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          from Framingham, Ma

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

            Cons

            • Never Flowered

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Seeds:

            Very disapointed as just got leaves but no flowers.
            I am hoping next year the plant will come up in the spring and flower as I had something else that did that. I do not remember the name of that plant.

             
            5.0

            Awesome!!!

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            from Spring Valley, WI

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            Pros

            • Fragrant
            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Border Control
              • Cut Flowers
              • Erosion Control
              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Seeds:

              These have added so much to my wildflower beds and the naturalized areas. Beautiful!!!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Looks are deceiving

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              from Springfield, IL

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              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Seeds:

              I planted the seeds in two large pots that are on my deck. I had in previous years planted different things in the pots, so, of course, there were other seeds in the soil. When I got the butterfly weed seeds I scattered them in the pots. Something was coming up that I thought was from previous year's plantings, so I pulled them up. Well needless to say I found out that I had pulled up most of the butterfly weed. I had several to survive and they bloomed beautifully. Since they are a perennial I am sure they will come up next spring.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good One!

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              from Woodinville, WA

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

              Pros

              • 1st To Bloom In My Field
              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Areas
                • Raised Beds

                Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Seeds:

                Planted many, many wildflower seeds in new fields last summer (grew well, coming back). Added these two months ago... and they are the 1st flowering plant to bloom! And, they're still flowering.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                love it!

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                from NC

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                Pros

                • Low Maintenance
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Areas

                  Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Seeds:

                  turning my backyard into a wildflower haven for butterflies, bees, dragonflies. fireflies etc. etc. etc.....

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                  How-To Guides

                  How to Grow Butterfly Weed Seed

                  Instructions for preparing and planting Butterfly Weed seed (Asclepias tuberosa)

                  Let’s Get Started: Understanding Butterfly Weed Seed & Germinating

                  Step 1: To start Butterfly Weed seed, we recommend starting inside, but before this happens Butterfly Weed seeds need to go through a cold stratification period. Cold stratification is very important for the germination and growth of Butterfly Weed. It helps break the seeds natural dormancy cycle. To do this, we recommend placing Butterfly Weed seed in a damp paper towel or damp sand in a zip lock bag and place in your fridge for 3 – 6 weeks (30 days). Place in an area of the fridge, where it won’t get damaged. We taped ours to the bottom of a refrigerator shelf.

                  Growing Indoors

                  Step 2: Planting - Once the 30 days are complete, it’s time to plant the cold stratified Butterfly Weed seeds. We recommend planting in 2-4” peat pots. Fill peat pots ¾ of the way with seed starting potting soil and gently add water. Water should be able to drain through the peat pots. Once the soil is damp, place 1-2 cold stratified seeds into each pot. To finish, place 1/4 inch of soil on top of the seed.

                  If peat pots are unavailable, it is possible to plant in plastic pots; the ideal pot size is a small 2 1/2" diameter x 3” deep. If Butterfly Weeds plants are properly rooted in plastic pots, there is minimal root disturbance at transplanting time.

                  Watering - Gently water the planted seed to give additional hydration. The best way to water is from the bottom up. Use a flat pan under the peat pots and add a half inch of water to the bottom of the tray. Don’t over water as it can cause fungus. Water every day or every other day as needed, the best way to test the soil dampness is to touch it. If the soil seems dry then add water; if it’s wet, wait for the soil to dry out to water.

                  Light Requirements - For the next few weeks, make sure the Butterfly Weed is either in a sunny window, in a green house or under a grow light. Butterfly Weed needs lots of sun and warmth to grow. If you’re using a grow light, make sure to lower the bulb closer to the pots or your seedlings may become leggy, as they stretch to the light. Ideally a sturdier stem is better. Cold stratified seeds should germinate and sprout within 10-15 days once planted. In total Butterfly Weed from the day they are cold stratified to growth can take 40 plus days, so be patient!

                  Other planting options: Place dry seed (not stratified) in seed starting soil and plant in peat pots under a grow light or in a greenhouse to germinate seeds. The success rate for this is low and more difficult to accomplish. If you choose to use this option it can take months for the seeds to germinate.

                  If you are planting seed outside, we suggest seeding in late fall, and let the Butterfly Weed seed lay on the ground through winter. Butterfly Weed seed will have a long winter of dormancy, so once the sun comes out and the ground warms in the spring, the seeds will germinate on their own.

                  Planting Butterfly Weed Seedling Outdoors

                  Step 3: Butterfly Weed does well in open areas with full sunlight exposure, areas like fields, parks, cultivated gardens, roadsides, highway medians, and road sides. Soil moisture and temperature are very important when growing Butterfly Weed. Butterfly Weed plants like growing in sandy, well drained soil. We suggest transplanting Butterfly Weed when the plant is no larger than 3 inches tall. In most cases in transplanting, the Butterfly Weed plant will go though some shock and could lose all its leaves. This happens, don’t panic. The plant is trying to establish its roots and will eventually grow leaves again. This is the main reason we suggest planting seeds in peat pots, because Butterfly Weed roots can be finicky. Peat pots breakdown over time in the ground, which allows the Butterfly Weed roots to grow without being disrupted. The best way to grow and transplant Butterfly Weed is minimizing the time growing in a pot and transplanting them as young plants is the best approach.

                  When to Plant Butterfly Weed

                  The best time to plant Butterfly weed is in early spring after the danger of frost has passed. If you plant seeds late in the spring, the seeds may not grow due to germination time and temperature.

                  Caring for Butterfly Weed Plants

                  Once your seedling is planted, water it for a few days to get it established, but after that, the plant doesn’t need a lot of supplemental water. Only water if you have an unusual dry spell. Peat pots are nice to use, but you need to be sure there is no top edge above the soil line after transplanting. In dry climates, this will wick away valuable soil moisture.

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                  As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Orders for in-season products ship within 5 business days. Depending upon your order date, we may hold your shipment to combine it with other products on your order, if applicable. See our Shipping Information page for more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 270-5187 or Contact Us by email.